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Miami Dolphins Suspend Player Over Bullying Allegations

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) and tackle Jonathan Martin (71) at an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Fla. Incognito has been suspended over allegations that he bullied Martin. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) and tackle Jonathan Martin (71) at an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Fla. Incognito has been suspended over allegations that he bullied Martin. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

How widespread is bullying in professional sports?

The Miami Dolphins have suspended guard Richie Incognito over allegations that he bullied teammates and forced rookie players to pay for expensive meals and trips.

Fox Sports first reported that offensive lineman Jonathan Martin took a leave of absence from the team after a prank left him upset. Fox called it the last straw after “persistent bullying” from teammates.

In his formal complaint against his teammate, Martin says Incognito threatened him and sent racially-charged text messages and voicemail messages.

The Dolphins have asked the NFL to conduct an independent investigation into the allegations.

Guest

  • Adam Beasley, sports reporter for the Miami Herald. He tweets @AdamHBeasley.

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